Definition of pejorative adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//pɪˈdʒɒrətɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒɔːrətɪv//
, NAmE//ˈdʒɑːrətɪv//
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a word or remark that is pejorative expresses disapproval or criticism synonym derogatory I'm using the word ‘academic’ here in a pejorative sense. Word Originlate 19th cent.: from French péjoratif, -ive, from late Latin pejorare ‘make worse’, from Latin pejor ‘worse’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pejorative